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Injured Sharapova out of Wimbledon

LONDON: Maria Sharapova withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday after failing to recover from a thigh injury, dealing another blow to the superstar's bid to rebuild her career following a doping ban. The 30-year-old Russian, who was champion at the All England Club in 2004, was due to play in the qualifying event in the hope of making the main draw. "After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play," she said in…

Del Potro to miss Australian Open over injury concerns

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro will miss next month's Australian Open and possibly his country's Davis Cup first round tie against Italy because of injury concerns. The former US Open champion has been plagued with wrist injuries for the past three years and after an impressive return in 2016 said he wants to avoid any setbacks. A statement announcing that he was withdrawing from the season-opening Auckland Classic and the Australian Open said he needed more recovery time after leading Argentina to the…

Federer expects injury layoff to prolong playing career

MUMBAI: Roger Federer believes his six-month absence due to a knee injury could help prolong his playing career, with the 17-times grand slam winner saying he has enjoyed the break. The 35-year-old Swiss had surgery on his left knee in February and, after missing the French Open with a back injury, announced in July that he needed extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined for the rest of the season. Federer returns to action at the Hopman Cup, starting on Jan. 1, which he will play in for the first time since he…

Kvitova undergoes hand surgery following knife attack, full recovery expected

PRAGUE: Two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova underwent nearly four hours of surgery on her playing hand on Tuesday after she was stabbed by a knife-wielding intruder in her home in the Czech Republic. Early indications showed the Czech world number 11 could well make a recovery and return to tennis, where she has been a mainstay in the top rankings for the past five years. "The scale of the injury is serious, but Petra is young and strong, according to the surgeon, who sees no reason why she could not…

Yasir ruled out of practice match over back trouble

CAIRNS: Yasir Shah will miss out Pakistan's three-day practice match against Cricket Australia XI due to back pain, ARY News reported. According to details, Shah suffered back problems during a practice session ahead of the match. The doctor has suggested the leg-spinner to rest for two-days. He will miss out the day/night practise match which will be played at Cairns starting from 8th December. Apart from Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz is the only specialist spinner picked in the 16-member squad for Pakistan for the…

Struggling Nadal shuts down 2016 season

MADRID: Former world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal shut down his season on Thursday to concentrate instead on recovering full fitness for a fresh trophy assault in 2017. The 30-year-old has been plagued by physical problems and has now gone through a second successive campaign without adding to his majors collection. A wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open before the third round and kept him on the sidelines until the Olympics. "It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic…